The Mount Marty women have ridden a roller coaster this season, starting the season unranked, rising all the way to the school’s highest rating ever, 7th, and now, this week, falling completely out of the rankings again.
The Lancers started the season 13-1, notching victories over ranked teams from Bethel (Ind.), Black Hills State, Jamestown and Morningside along the way. Since then, the Lancers have gone 1-6 and have lost five straight, including losses to Peru State, Doane, Dordt and Sioux Falls.
Here is the Lancers’ season by the numbers:
|First 14||Last 7||Difference|
The Lancers have gone from outscoring opponents by nearly 18 points a game to being outscored by 6. They’ve gone from outrebounding opponents by four to being outrebounded by 12.
The Lancers could still break a few school records. In fact, the first season record should fall at home Wednesday, as the team is two from tying the school record for three-pointers in a season. They also sit ahead of the curve on defensive field goal percentage, team three-point percentage and team free throw percentage.
But the next two games are against a 13th-ranked Morningside team, one that would like to avenge a two-point loss from earlier this season, and a 5th-ranked Northwestern squad that handed MMC its first loss of the season. The Lancers also have a rematch with a Dordt team that contributed to the current five-game skid on Jan. 20.
If the Lancers hope to earn a return trip to Sioux City and the NAIA Tournament, they are going to need to figure out how to right the ship in the final seven regular season games and the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament.